Bring on the wizards, wands, and broomsticks from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” J.K. Rowling’s first novel of the infamous series that launched the Potter phenomenon.
In a first-ever happening for Seattle, audiences will experience the popular film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen, as Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO) performs John Williams’ award-winning score live during the film’s screening. Justin Freer conducts SSO for this special multi-media event at Benaroya Hall on July 13th, 14th and 16th, as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series.
CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products partnered for the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films. The scheduled tour includes hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries around the world through 2018.
Most of the world knows Rowling’s imaginative plot. On his 11th birthday, young Harry Potter discovers that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and that he possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child–raised by Muggles (non-magical humans)–to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths. He soon realizes that the wizarding world is far more dangerous than he imagined, and that not all wizards are to be trusted.
Alongside Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, the film stars some of England’s most brilliant actors, including Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore), Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall ), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia Dursley), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), and Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape). Harry’s newfound, wizardly BFF’s are portrayed by Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger (a Muggle-born witch). And don’t forget about the three-head dog dubbed Fluffy and the newly-hatched dragon named Norbert.
FYI: You don’t have to be a wizard to attend this magical event. Even Muggles are welcome.
The concert is sold out on the 13th and 14th, but tickets are still available for the 16th. Tickets can be purchased at the Seattle Symphony Box office or online at seattlesymphony.org
About CineConcerts and Justin Freer
One of the leading producers of live music experiences performed with visual media, CineConcerts was founded by producer/conductor Justin Freer and producer/writer Brady Beaubien. Recent and current live concert experiences include “Gladiator,” “The Godfather,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “DreamWorks Animation in Concert,” “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour,” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Freer has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From full-length movie screenings with live orchestra to music-interactive sporting event experiences to original 3D-environment holiday programming, Freer’s CineConcerts is at the forefront of live entertainment.